[[caption-width-right:320:Deep Purple [=Mk2=], circa ''Machine Head''. Left to Right: Ritchie Blackmore[[note]]guitar[[/note]], Ian Gillan[[note]]vocals[[/note]], Roger Glover[[note]]bass[[/note]], Jon Lord[[note]]keyboards/organ[[/note]], Ian Paice[[note]]drums[[/note]]]]

->''"Nobody gonna take my car, gonna race it to the ground''
->''Nobody gonna beat my car, gonna break the speed of sound"''
-->--"Highway Star"

Deep Purple is a long-running {{hard rock}} band founded in 1968. They are one of the widely considered "Big Three" of early Music/HeavyMetal (along with Music/BlackSabbath and Music/LedZeppelin). Their style is primarily BluesRock and HardRock, with occasional ventures into other rock subgenres including some [[ProgressiveRock prog]] efforts.

The group is also known for their [[RevolvingDoorBand constantly rotating line-up]]; the group has its roots in a proposed rock band called Roundabout, so named because musicians would get "on and off" the group as they pleased. This didn't quite work out, and while the group that eventually became Deep Purple is notable for its endless membership changes, each succesive group has been more or less a cohesive unit.

A list of the various line-ups, or "[[FanNickname marks]]", can be found [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Deep_Purple_band_members here]].

Some famous Deep Purple songs:
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jp3de50_d8 Smoke on the Water]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfAWReBmxEs Child in time]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFV-ENTf-kw Highway Star]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2zFlu9Uh1E Fireball]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sGy_-p_sVE Speed King]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s2ntvhVcRA Hush]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yICg2QcUxAA Soldier of Fortune]]

Band Discography, with which lineup recorded each[[note]]Mark VI, due to its ephemeral nature, did not record a studio album.[[/note]]:

Mark I[[note]]Rod Evans on vocal, Ritchie Blackmore on guitar, Jon Lord on keyboards, Nick Simper on bass, and Ian Paice on drums[[/note]]

* ''Shades of Deep Purple'' (1968)
* ''The Book of Taliesyn'' (1968)
* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Deep Purple]]'' (1969)

Mark II[[note]]Ian Gillan and Roger Glover replaced Evans and Simper on vocals and bass, respectively; Blackmore, Lord, and Paice retained their posts. Reunited in 1984, and save for the Mark V period lasted until 1993.[[/note]]

* ''Music/DeepPurpleInRock'' (1970)
* ''Fireball'' (1971)
* ''Machine Head'' (1972)
* ''Who Do We Think We Are'' (1973)
* ''Perfect Strangers'' (1984)
* ''The House of Blue Light'' (1987)
* ''The Battle Rages On'' (1993)

Mark III[[note]]David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes replace Gillan and Glover, with Hughes providing additional vocals in addition to bass duties[[/note]]

* ''Burn'' (1974)
* ''Stormbringer'' (1974)

Mark IV[[note]]Tommy Bolin replaced Ritchie Blackmore until the band (temporarily) disbanded in 1976).[[/note]]

* ''Come Taste The Band'' (1975)

Mark V[[note]]Joe Lynn Turner replaced Ian Gillan, until Mark II reunited one last time in 1992[[/note]]

* ''Slaves And Masters'' (1990)

Mark VII[[note]]Steve Morse replaced Ritchie Blackmore on guitars and has been with the band since.[[/note]]

* ''Purpendicular'' (1996)
* ''Abandon'' (1998)

Mark VIII[[note]]Jon Lord retired from the band and was replaced by Don Airey[[/note]]

* ''Bananas'' (2003)
* ''Rapture of the Deep'' (2005)
* ''Now What?!'' (2013)

Some tropes in this band's history include:

* AlbumTitleDrop: "Listen, Learn, Read On" from ''The Book of Taliesyn''.
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Aversion. Even with Ian Paice's explosive drumming style, he is TheQuietOne of the group and is the only remaining original member.
* BadassMustache: Jon Lord. Full stop.
* TheBandMinusTheFace: Played straight with the band disbanding when Ritchie Blackmore departed, then subverted when the classic Mark II lineup reunited in 1984. Then '''double subverted''' when Blackmore left the group for good in 1993.
* BuffySpeak: In "Smoke on the Water." The band rented the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio to record what would become ''Machine Head.'' The lyrics refer to "the Rolling truck Stones thing just outside."
* CarSong: "Highway Star".
* ContemptibleCover: It doesn't help that the cover of their third (self-titled) album is a painting by Hieronymous Bosch.
* CoolShades: Ian Paice.
* CoverVersion: Quite a few, especially of songs by Music/TheBeatles (one of which, "Help", was thought of by Music/JohnLennon to be [[BetterThanCanon better than their own version]]). "Hush" (arguably one of Music/DeepPurple's most famous songs) is also a cover (the original by Billy Joe Royal was released a year before Deep Purple's version).
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Ian Gillan.
* DownerEnding: Occurs in "Strange Kind Of Woman"...
-->She finally said she loved me\\
I wed her in a hurry\\
No more callers and I glowed with pride\\
I'm dreaming\\
I feel like screaming\\
I won my woman just before she died
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: "Lazy." Nearly four and a half minutes of organ solo before the actual song starts. (And the rest of the song is only three minutes long!)
** Their cover of Music/TheBeatles' "We Can Work it Out" also opened with a long instrumental called "[[LampshadeHanging Exposition]]" (which, true to Jon Lord's classical background, includes quotes from Beethoven's seventh symphony and Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet" overture).
** And prefiguring "Lazy", we have "April" from their third, self-titled album, of which only the final third has vocals.
** Their cover of Ike and Tina Turner's "River Deep, Mountain High" has a four-minute intro.
* EpicRocking: On most of their albums.
** "The Mule" and several other songs from ''Deep Purple In Rock'', ''Fireball'', and ''Machine Head'' live (at least circa ''Made In Japan''). Definitely well-deserved; who doesn't want to sit through twenty minutes of "Space Truckin'" or "Smoke on the Water?"
** "Child in Time". That is all.
* GenreRoulette: While they are generally considered a HardRock band, their music incorporates multiple influences. In addition, each Mark has its signature take on rock (with Mark I being more of a ProgressiveRock bent, Mark II on the harder rock/metal part, Mark III known for funk influences, and so on).
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: in 1973, Deep Purple were recording their ''Who Do We Think We Are'' album. Domineering band leader and perpetually black-clad guitarist Ritchie Blackmore was being difficult by staying up all night, sleeping late (during most of the day, actually), and only showing up at the studio when the rest of band had already called it a day. Blackmore was also discussing with the managers about replacing the singer, Ian Gillan, behind Gillan's back. Gillan sensed this and ''wrote a song about it''; "Smooth Dancer". Ostensibly being the words of an embittered lover, the song all but spells out Blackmore's name and just about every line expresses Gillan's disgust about his behaviour. Blackmore apparently never caught on (or cared), and just like with most other songs on the record, he added a guitar track to the song on his own after the others had finished it. Soon after, Gillan chose to quit rather than be fired. Examples of lines gotten past Blackmore's radar: "you're the one who can never see the sun / Because it don't shine nightly", "don't you look at me because I'm gonna shake free", "You've swollen up inside with nothing but your pride", "your two-timing ways / They don't bother me none / [...] I'm gonna walk to freedom", "Black suede, I sense your mockery / I tried to go along with you / But you're black and I know just what to do", "Baby, you can rock'n'roll / But you can never show your soul, smooth dancer."
* GreatBallsOfFire: At the California Jam, where the group had to exit by helicopter to avoid arrest by fire marshals and ABC executives.
* IncendiaryExponent: Both ''Fireball'' and ''Burn'' evoke this, and then there's the subject of "Smoke on the Water".
* InNameOnly: An infamous faux-reunion in 1980 with Rod Evans as the only member to have had anything to do with Deep Purple; fortunately they were given a cease-and-desist order.
** Poor, poor Rod Evans [[SacrificialLamb took the fall for the whole scam]]. His musical career was completely derailed because of it. The scammers running the show and the other band members were barely affected.
* {{Instrumentals}}: "And the Address...", "Wring That Neck", "A 200", "Contact Lost".
* InsufferableGenius: Ritchie Blackmore has a lengthy history of this.
* IntercourseWithYou: "Hard Lovin' Man".
* HeavyMetal: A UrExample of the genre.
* JerkAss: Blackmore's ego and highly unpleasant personality have become the stuff of legend. The issues that the rest of the band had with him progressed to the point where it was a matter of his being ejected and the band surviving, or his staying and causing the band to collapse.
* KnightTemplarParent: The father in "Anyone's Daughter".
* LongRunnerLineup: Mark II barely makes it as a Type V, totaling 10 years and two months.
** The present Mk8 lineup of Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse and Don Airey has now notched up 12 years as of 2014, qualifying as a Type 2 long runner lineup.
* MeaningfulName: Ian ''Paice'', the drummer. May also be a PunnyName.
** The albums ''Who Do We Think We Are'' (last album before Mark II's dissolution and the formation of Mark III) and ''The Battle Rages On'' (Mark II's last album, period) reflect the CreativeDifferences that had affected the band, primarily between Blackmore and Gillan.
* MetalScream: Ian Gillan in ''Child in Time''. The last sequence can be scary at the wrong time, for the wrong people.
** May this also count as CarefulWithThatAxe ?
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Ranges from 2 ("Anyone's Daughter") to 7 ("Fireball"), but rarely goes lower than 5.
* NiceHat: Roger Glover. In recent years he's taken to a bandana, though. Ritchie Blackmore also sported a top hat in the mid-70s, as seen on the cover of ''Burn''.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted by Ian Gillan (singer) and Ian Paice (drummer).
* {{Plagiarism}}: The Frontman of the group, Ian Gillan, admitted that "Child In Time" plagiarized "Bombay Calling" by It's a Beatiful Day.
** Bombay Calling? A Bollywood music director plagiarised the opening/ending of the song, with a different song in the middle instead of the guitar solo, and without the nightmarish ending sequence (it's a light and fluffy song).
* ThePrankster: Richie Blackmore was notorious for tormenting his bandmates and everyone around him with rather cruel pranks.
* PrecisionFStrike: ''Not Responsible'' from ''Perfect Strangers'' has the only known instance in a Deep Purple song. In their entire recording history.
* PunBasedTitle: Many of their album (and song) titles, with ''Purpendicular'' and ''Abandon''[[note]]i.e., A Band On - their subsequent tour was aptly named "Abandon Tour"[[/note]] being two prominent examples.
* RearrangeTheSong: The band produced a reworked version of the Mark II era song "Bloodsucker" and released it as "Blüdsucker" on their album ''Abandon''.
* RecycledLyrics: "hard lovin' man" from "Bloodsucker", and reappearing on the track of the same name later on the same album.
** Lampshaded in the song Hungry Daze from their 1984 album Perfect Strangers, which recycles the first line of Smoke On The Water
---> "We all came down to Montreux, but that's another song"
* RevolvingDoorBand: Deep Purple and its two SpinOff bands Music/{{Rainbow}} and Music/{{Whitesnake}} enjoyed a complex, deeply odd ''three-way set'' of revolving doors. Members of one band would often spend time in one or both of the other two bands, moving among them almost as if they were a single, three-headed lineup.
** Further complicating the picture, the three bands later served as a sort of farm team for post-Ozzy Music/BlackSabbath.
* RockersSmashGuitars: California Jam, 1974; Blackmore threw guitars into the audience and more infamously smashed a network video camera with his guitar.
* RushmoreRefacement: The cover of ''Deep Purple In Rock'', which is also a VisualPun.
* {{Scatting}}
* SelfTitledAlbum: Notably, their third one instead of the more typical debut album (which, however, still contained the band name).
* ShowDontTell: "Highway Star" counts. It was written ''as a response'' to an interviewer's question regarding how the band writes their songs.
* SongOfSongTitles: Sort of. The first song Gillan ever wrote with Deep Purple was "Speed King", where he just quoted bits of lyrics from other rock 'n roll tunes (by Music/LittleRichard, Music/ElvisPresley and so on) - apparently only the chorus is 100% his.
* SpaceTrucker: "Space Truckin'". Partly the {{Trope Namer|s}}, as it seems.
* SpinOff: Music/{{Rainbow}}, arguably. And [=Whitesnake=], too; what with Mark III/IV vocalist David Coverdale being, well, [[IAmTheBand the band]].
* StopAndGo: "Pictures of Home".
* AStormIsComing: "Stormbringer"
* SubliminalSeduction: The windy sounds at the start of Stormbringer, when played backwards, are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyRcTGDtzcQ outright unpleasant]].
* TakeThat:
** "MTV" from ''Rapture of the Deep'' is a scathing take on the modern music industry, down to [[AccidentalMisnaming disk jockeys getting band member names wrong]].
---> "Mr Gillian and Mr Grover..."
** So is "Mary Long" from ''Who Do We Think We Are'', this time against MoralGuardians.
** "Black or White" from ''The House Of Blue Light'', against tabloid journalism, {{paparazzi}} and [[IntrepidReporter intrepid reporters]], with one target clearly mentioned
---> "Is this the News Of The World?"
* TitledAfterTheSong: At a band meeting to pick a name, Blackmore suggested the standard "Deep Purple", because it was his grandmother's favourite song and she would often pester him to play it. Everybody else agreed to the suggestion.
* TitleTrack: ''Fireball'', ''Stormbringer'', ''Burn'', ''Perfect Strangers'', ''The Battle Rages On'', ''Bananas'', ''Rapture of the Deep''.
* VocalTagTeam: Part of what made Mk III distinctive; although David Coverdale was the lead vocalist, bassist Glenn Hughes would also sing some songs and the two would often trade off vocals, as in "Burn".
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Ian Gillan feels this way towards Ritchie Blackmore. Although Gillan has stated that enough time has passed since Blackmore left for good that he can look back fondly on their work together, he still has absolutely no desire to try and reconcile with him.
* YouAreNumberSix: ''Bad Attitude'' from ''The House Of Blue Light'' has this line
---> Don't want a number, I've got a name